Profession aircraft pilot

Aircraft pilots control and navigate aircraft. They operate the mechanical and electrical systems of the aircraft and transport people, mail and freight.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional


  • Visual flight rules

    Types of flight rules which are a compilation of regulations that allow pilots to fly aircrafts in clear as well as unclear weather conditions whereby it is declared that outside visual reference to the ground and other obstructions are not safe.

  • Common aviation safety regulations

    The body of legislation and regulations that apply to the field of civil aviation at regional, national, European and International levels. Understand that regulations aimed at protecting citizens at all times in civil aviation; ensure that operators, citizens, and organisations comply with these rules.

  • Air traffic control operations

    Understand the tasks performed by air traffic controllers, including Interaction and effective communication between aircraft and air traffic controllers; execution of follow-up activities, and ensuring smooth operations during flights.

  • Aviation English

    The de facto international language of civil aviation in English, used in actual situations on board aircraft, in airports, and elsewhere in the aviation chain.

  • Air transport law

    Know air transport laws and regulations. Due to the nature of aviation, knowledge of air transport laws partially overlaps with knowledge of international law.

  • Civil aviation regulations

    Know civil aviation regulations, rules and signals, including marshalling signals.

  • Aircraft flight control systems

    Know the setting, features and operation of aircraft flight control systems. Manage flight control surfaces, cockpit controls, connections, and operating mechanisms required to control the flight direction of an aircraft. Operate aircraft engine controls in order to change aircraft speed.

  • Geographic areas

    Know the geographic area in detail; know where different organisations carry out operations.


  • Operate cockpit control panels

    Operates control panels in the cockpit or flight deck according to the needs of the flight. Manage on-board electronic systems to ensure a smooth flight.

  • Perform take off and landing

    Perform normal and cross-wind take-off and landing operations.

  • Read maps

    Read maps effectively.

  • Have spatial awareness

    Be aware of your position and the space around you. Understand the relationship of objects around you when there is a change of position.

  • Ensure ongoing compliance with regulations

    Conduct tasks and procedures to ensure that aviation certificates maintain their validity; undertake safeguarding measures as appropriate.

  • Operate radio equipment

    Set up and operate radio devices and accessories, such as broadcast consoles, amplifiers, and microphones. Understand the basics of radio operator language and, when necessary, provide instruction in handling radio equipment correctly.

  • Use different communication channels

    Use various types of communication channels such as verbal, handwritten, digital and telephonic communication with the aim of constructing and sharing information and ideas.

  • Operate radar equipment

    Operate radar screens and other radar equipment; ensure that aircraft fly at a safe distance from one another.

  • Apply signalling control procedures

    Control train movements; operate railway signals and block systems to ensure that trains operate safely, on correct routes, and on time.

  • Read 3D displays

    Read 3D-displays and understand the information they provide on positions, distances, and other parameters.

  • Operate radio navigation instruments

    Operate radio navigation instruments to determine the position of aircraft in the airspace.

  • Ensure compliance with civil aviation regulations

    Ensure best practice standards are adopted and all regulatory requirements met

  • Comply with air traffic control operations

    Act in compliance with instruction provided by air traffic controllers.

  • Implement airside safety procedures

    Apply a series of airfield safety rules and procedures to ensure a safe working environment for airport crew.

  • Operate two-way radio systems

    Use radios that can receive and transmit sound signals in order to communicate with similar radios on the same frequency such as mobile phones and walkie talkies.

  • Undertake procedures to meet aircraft flight requirements

    Ensure that operation certificates are valid, guarantee that take-off mass is a maximum of 3,175 kg, verify that the minimum crew is adequate according to regulations and needs, ensure that the configuration settings are correct, and check if engines are suitable for the flight.

Optional knowledge and skills

surveillance radars maintain counterweight inside modes of transport comply with checklists adapt to changing situations ensure efficient communication in air traffic services have computer literacy prepare transportation routes supervise crew patrol areas communicate with customers continue learning run preventive simulations work in an aviation team air force operations aviation meteorology perform flight manoeuvres carry out navigational calculations create a flight plan comprehensively inspect aircraft perform risk analysis use meteorological information ensure smooth on board operations ensure public safety and security perform search and rescue missions address aircraft mechanical issues give instructions to staff make independent operating decisions undertake procedures to meet helicopter flight requirements apply company policies perform routine flight operations checks geostationary satellites listen actively respond to changing navigation circumstances manage financial risk execute flight plans be friendly to passengers handle stressful situations apply air force procedures keep task records freight transport methods tolerate stress identify security threats apply military aviation regulations ensure compliance with types of weapons pre-flight procedures for ifr flights deal with challenging work conditions identify airport safety hazards maintain relationship with customers ensure aircraft compliance with regulation military aviation apply airport standards and regulations follow airport safety procedures handle customer complaints follow ethical code of conduct in transport services organise aircraft maintenance respond to customers' inquiries act reliably exert a goal-oriented leadership role towards colleagues airport planning undertake procedures to meet requirements for flying aircraft heavier than 5,700 kg write work-related reports apply transportation management concepts communicate in english at a competent user level analyse work-related written reports follow verbal instructions possess visual literacy military code

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